You will be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome when:
- You experience frequent gastrointestinal dysfunctions such as winds, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The symptoms may be mild, but also strong enough to prevent you from working.
- Under the condition that you have not been diagnosed with any of the digestive disorders or inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
IBS is therefore not a disease but a disorder.
Diagnosis will be attributed to you when you simply do not fall into any of the defined diseases.
Unfortunately, the symptoms may be just as strong. Disease or disorder your primary concern will be to fix the problem.
In this case, doctors will most likely grab the recipe block and prescribe to you:
- anti-diarrheal drugs (which often cause bloating),
- anticholinergics or antispasmodics which reduce cramping (unfortunately, they often cause constipation and other unpleasant side effects),
- SSRI or antidepressants (which again cause constipation or diarrhea),
- and more…
Perhaps these medicines will help you alleviate the symptoms, but if you want to eliminate the problems completely, avoiding healthy eating habits is not an option.